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Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979, bulk 1955-1979

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine series which generally reflect material type.

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Series 1: Letters , 1957-1979, undated
0.5 Linear feet
box 1, OV 7

This series consists of miscellaneous business letters, ten letters from Berman, and letters from colleagues.
The letters are arranged chronologically.
Letters are on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Business Letters, 1959-1975, undated
1
1-6
From Wallace Berman, 1960-1964, undated
1
7
From Branaman, Robert, undated
(1 letter)
1
8
From Collins, Jess and R. D., 1964-1965
(4 letters)
1
9
From DeFeo, Jay, 1965-1973
(5 letters)
1
10
From DiPrima, Diane, 1979
(1 letter enclosing a braid of hair)
1
11
From Driscoll, Bob, 1964
(1 letter)
1
12
[From Duncan, Robert], 1963
(1 letter)
1
13
From Ginsberg, Allen, 1965
(1 letter)
1
14
From Hirschman, Jack, 1967-1972, undated
(10 letters; see also OV 7)
1
15-16
From Johnson, Ray, 1965-1968, undated
(9 letters)
1
17
From McClure, Michael, 1957-1971, undated
(26 letters)
1
18-20
From Meltzer, David, 1970, undated
(2 letters)
1
21
From Miller, Henry, 1964
(1 letter)
1
22
From Perkoff, Stuart, 1973, undated
(2 letters)
1
23
From Weiners, John, 1960-1969
(11 letters)
1
24-25

Series 2: Notes from Interview , 1967
1 Folder
box 1

This series consists of one folder of sentence fragements taken from a London interview of Berman undertaken by Sandrada.
Notes from interview are on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
Notes from London Interview by Sandrada, 1967
1
26

Series 3: Writings by Others , 1972, undated
6 Folders
box 1

This series includes a typescripts for two manuscripts and poems by Michael McClure, David Meltzer, and John Wieners.
Writings by others are on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
Typescript: "Eats" by Unidentified Author, undated
1
27
Typescript for Book Love Lion Book, by Michael McClure, undated
1
28
Poem by Unidentified Author, undated
1
29
Poems by Michael McClure, 1972, undated
1
30
Poems by David Meltzer, undated
1
31
Poem by John Wieners, undated
1
32

Series 4: Artwork , 1956-1976
4 Folders
box 1, OV 7

This series consists of eleven collages and nine drawings by Berman, and eight "photograms" by Robert F. Heinecken.
Artwork is on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
Artwork by Berman, 1956-1976, undated
(see also OV 7)
1
33-35
Artwork by Others-Photograms by Robert F. Heinecken, 1971
1
36

Series 5: Semina , 1955-1967
26 Folders
boxes 1-2

This series consists of copies of Berman's mail art publication Semina. There are multiple copies of Nos. 1, 2, 4-8, and an envelope for No. 9. The files also contains Semina Art Gallery announcements.
Semina files are on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
Semina, Nos. 1 - 9, 1955-1964
1
37-51
Semina, Nos. 1 - 9 cont., 1955-1964
2
1-9
Semina Art Gallery Announcements, [1965-1967]
2
10

Series 6: S. M. S. , 1968
1 Folder
box 2

This series consists of a copy of No. 1 of the mail art publication S. M. S.
S.M.S. file is on reel 5282.
Description Container Select
S. M. S., No. 1, 1968
2
11

Series 7: Printed Material , 1907-1976
2.7 Linear feet
boxes 2-5

This series consists of clippings, exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, booklets, scripts written by Berman's colleagues, seventy-four books, and miscellaneous printed material. Exhibition announcements and catalogs for others includes a catalog authographed by Jasper Johns.
The series is arranged as two subseries.
  • 7.1: General Printed Material, 1908-1976
  • 7.2: Books, 1907-1974, undated
Printed materials are on reels 5282-5284.
7.1: General Printed Material, 1908-1976
Description Container
Clippings, 1962-1976, undated
2
12-24
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Berman, 1968-1975, undated
2
25-29
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1964-1971, undated
2
30-32
Brochures, 1964-1974
3
1
Booklets, "Kolner Puppen-Theater," Vols. 2, 4, by Fritz Honig, 1908-1910
3
2
Booklets, "Work of the Chariot,", 1970
3
3
Booklets, ["Moulin a Papier Richard de Bas in Ambert, France,", 1974
3
4
Scripts, The Beard, by Michael McClure, 1965
3
5
Scripts, The Yin and the Yang, by Don Sherman, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda, 1966
3
6
7.2: Books, 1907-1974, undated
The books in this subseries include works on various religions, theories, and philosophies fundamental to the beat movement. There are first edition publications by many of the movement's leaders.
Description Container
Phanopoeia Pavane: Dance - Play in Verse by unidentified author, undated
3
7
Another Academy by Charles Bukowski, undated
3
8
Kabbalah by Rabbi Levi L. Krakowsky, undated
3
9
Osma of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1907
3
10
The Book of formation or Sepher Yetzirah by Knut Stenring, 1923
3
11
The Story of Modern Science by Henry Smith Williams, 1923
3
12
Rota ou & La Roue Celeste by Enel, 1930
3
13
The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa, edited by Ezra Pound, 1936
3
14
The Journal of Albion Moonlight by Kenneth Patchen, 1944
3
15
Pictures of Life and of Death by Kenneth Patchen, 1946
3
16
Poems 1948-49 by Robert Duncan, [1949]
3
17
The Waters Reglitterized by Henry Miller, 1950
3
18
Howl by Allen Ginsberg, 1956
3
19
The Pearl Tears by Nickolas Logan, 1956
3
20
Collectanea: I E Alexander, , 1957
3
21
Images de Jean Cocteau, preface de Georges Noel, [1957?]
3
22
The Wisdom of the Kabbalah, foreword by Dagobert D. Runes, 1957
3
23
Hymns to St. Geryon and Other Poems by Michael McClure, 1959
3
24
Ragas by David Meltzer, 1959
3
25
Letters by Robert Duncan, 1958
3
26
Gallery of Women by Ruth Weiss, 1959
3
27
The First War Planes by William E. Barrett, , 1960
3
28
A Correspondence of Americans by Jack Hirschman, 1960
3
29
Wobbly Rock by Lew Welch, 1960
3
30
Poems for Selected People by Idell, 1961
3
31
Destroyed Works by Philip Lamantia, 1962
3
32
We All Have Something to Say to Each Other by David Meltzer, 1962
3
33
Robert Ronnie Branaman, , 1963
4
1
Television Decollage & Morning Glory/ 2 Pieces by Volf Vostell, , 1963
4
2
Points in Time by Zack Walsh, , 1963
4
3
Ballads by Helen Adams, illustrated by Jess, 1964
4
4
Black Pilgrimage by Cameron, 1964
4
5
Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure, 1964
4
6
The Esoteric Tarot by Simon Kasdin, 1965
4
7
The Process by David Meltzer, 1965
4
8
Chinoiserie by John Wieners, 1965
4
9
The Hotel Wentley Poems by John Wieners, 1965
4
10
Bruce Connor/Michael McClure, , 1966
4
11
Sapphobones by Kirby Doyle, 1966
4
12
A Portents Semina, Portents #6, (for Wallace Berman) By Samuel Charters, 1967
4
13
A Dream by Steve Elvin, 1967
4
14
Love Dragon Poem by Michael L. Fram, 1967
4
15
The Soap Opera by Piero Heliczer, 1967
4
16
William Blake by Jack Hirschman, 1967
4
17
Zen Love Poems by Idell, 1967
4
18
Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman, 1967
4
19
Lying Together; Turning the Head & Shifting the Weight; The Produce District, & Other Places; Moving -- A Spring Poem by Ron Loewinsohn, 1967
4
20
Business Cards by Billy Al Bengston and Ed Ruscha, 1968
4
21
The Finger by Bobbie Creeley, 1968
4
22
Hail Thee Who Play by Michael McClure, 1968
4
23
Round the Poem Box; Rustic & Domestic Home Movies for Stan & Jane Brakhage by David Meltzer, 1969
4
24
Black Alephs by Jack Hirschman, 1969
4
25
Shekinah by Jack Hirschman, 1969
4
26
Hymns to St. Geryon and Other Poems/Dark Brown by Michael McClure, 1969
4
27
Gallowsongs: Galgenlieder by Christian Morgenstern Versions by Jess, 1970
4
28
General Principles of the Kabbalah by Rabbi Moses C. Luzzatto, 1970
4
29
Greenspeech by David Meltzer, 1970
4
30
Luna by David Meltzer, 1970
4
31
Altars by Clayton Eshhleman, 1971
4
32
Scintilla by Jack Hirschman, 1971
4
33
Knots by David Meltzer, 1971
4
34
An Excerpt from "The Disconcerting Games of Vadim the Mechanic" by Ben Talbert, 1971
4
35
Kabbala Surrealism: An Essay and The R of the Ari's Raziel by Jack Hirschman, 1972
4
36
The Mammals by Michael McClure, 1972
4
37
Spectral Measures on the Unit Disc by Bartholomew, 1973
4
38
Hero/Lil by David Meltzer, 1973
4
39
Kabbalah by Charles Ponce, 1973
5
1
Alphabet by Stuart Z. Perkoff, 1973
5
2
Cantillations and DJackson by Jack Hirschman, 1974
5
3
Igitur by Stephane Mallarme, 1974
5
4
Rare Angel by Michael McClure, 1974
5
5
September Blackberries by Michael McClure, 1974
5
6
Miscelaneous Printed Material, 1970-1974
5
7

Series 8: Photographs , 1956-1976
6 Folders
box 5, OV 7

This series contains photgraphs of Berman, his wife, his colleagues, the Poets' Parade, and his work Wall Painting. The five photographs of Berman show him with Artie Richer, B. Alexander, David Meltzer at Fergus Gallery, his son Tosh, and William Hillman. Photographs of colleagues include: Cameron, 1962; Richard Constantino, 1958; S. Berman and Samson de Brier, 1956; Samson de Brier, 1957; Bill Eisenlord, undated; George Herms, 1960; Louise Herms, 1958; Pat Jordan, 1960; Philip Lamantia, 1958 and 1959; Michael McClure (16 undated photographs); Artie Richer with Berman, 1958; John Wieners, 1959 and 1964.
Photographs are on reel 5284.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Berman, 1957-1976
(5 photographs; see also OV 7)
5
8
Photographs of Colleagues, 1956-1964
(see also OV 7)
5
9-11
Photographs of the Poets' Parade, 1958
(3 photographs)
5
12
Photographs of Artwork "Wall Painting" by Berman, 1974
(2 photographs)
5
13

Series 9: Sound Recordings , 1962-1965
6 Folders
box 6

This series contains twelve reel-to-reel tapes of poetry readings by Micahel McClure, David Meltzer, and Kenneth Patchen.
Description Container Select
Michael McClure and Unidentified Poet Performing with Sound Effects, undated
1 Sound tape reel
6
1
Poetry Readings by David Meltzer and Kenneth Patchen, 1962
1 Sound tape reel
6
2
Michael McClure Poetry Reading at the Lion House, San Francisco; recorded by Bruce Kansas Connor, 1965
10 Sound tape reels
multiple copies of limited edition sound publication
(9 identical copies)
6
3-6

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